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Rear hub stuck on spindle

Was replacing my rear hub seals. The big inside ones that when leak axle fluid slings across inside of rear tires. The one side went fine. Stuck on the other side. Removed ratcheting nut and took out outer bearing, and loosened brake adjuster all the way. I can tell its not the shoes. Feels like the inner bearing is not sliding down the spindle. Has anyone run into this problem? I wanted to ask before i do something stupid and break or damage something.

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Here are some pics just in case someone sees something i do not. Seems like the inner bearing is maybe stuck on the spindle shaft so when im pulling the wheel seal hits the stuck bearing keeping the hub from coming off. Hub moves out half an inch. I have no clue what to do at this point.
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-Straight Piped
-6637 Intake
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-Welds w/40in. Rockers
-Warn hubs
-LSD w/4.56 gears
-Leather bucket seats
-Rhino lined
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I think we used a slide hammer on my f150 when we rebuilt the rear, hope someone will chime in tho with more help

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Ok i got the hub off. Trick was to move side to side a lot while pulling hard. Reason it was stuck is the wheel seal in there was a scotseal. Which is the 2 part seal, the inside part is stuck on the spindle. The inside part has a lip that i had to pull the outer part of the seal over. Im now trying to remove the damn part thats locked on the spindle.

I went to the store and picked up a motorcraft BRS-83 seal as well as the national 370047A seal. Im inclined to use the ford seal since it is oem but it seems as if its the same design as the scotseal where the seal turns inside itself. Please chime in as to what is the better seal to use, had better experience with etc.

Can i install the BRS83 w/o installing the updated bearing race and oil slinger???

seal options for a sterling 10.25
skf 34387
scotseal 34384
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Here is some good info i have figured out.

BR83 only works with updated bearing race and oil slinger
370047A and 34387 work but seal rides on spindle, from searching it sounds like the seals wear grooves in the spindle
34384 is the scotseal plus xl which seems to be the best choice if not changing to a more narrow wheel bearing

now trying to track down a 34384 at a local parts store. not a common item

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-Straight Piped
-6637 Intake
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-Welds w/40in. Rockers
-Warn hubs
-LSD w/4.56 gears
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the best seal is the two part one where it turns inside itself. My local NAPA stocks them

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Yep the 34384 is the scotseal plus XL. Napa is the only store that has them without cross referencing to a junk seal. luckily theres a few in the area that are open tom.

97 F350 XLT CC LB 4x4 7.3psd 5spd White/Tan
-Straight Piped
-6637 Intake
-8in. Lift
-Welds w/40in. Rockers
-Warn hubs
-LSD w/4.56 gears
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